Leptis Magna- the place I had been looking forward to the most on my trip to Libya. Its located in Khoms, 130km (81miles) East of Tripoli and I had to pass a total of eight militia checkpoints to get there from the capital.
The name of the Roman city comes from Latin with Magna meaning “the great” whereas Leptis Parva “Leptis the small” is a similar roman ruin city located in Tunisia.
Leptis Magna was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1982 and is now one of the best preserved roman ruin city in the mediterranian.
The city used to be the home to around 80 000 people during the roman empire and really flourished around year 200A.D as it was the hometown of the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus until the city was stuck by a tsunami in year 365A.D.
We spent a full walking through the ruins, being explained by our guide Yousuf how life used to be in the ancient roman empire. The best part was that we had the whole place to ourself, without a single person in sight.
On our way back we stopped at Villa Selene, an ancient roman villa next to a popular beach about 30kilometers from Leptis Magna where I went swimming. I was told by my guide who had worked with tourism in Libya for over 20 years that he thought I was the first tourist to go swimming in Libya since the revolution in 2011.
Sabratha was for me the highlight of my visit to Libya. I had been a bit concerned about going there before I went. By googling Sabratha you will get a lot of articles about the fightings that were going on there until about four months ago. Sabratha was afterall under ISIS control and was then used as a smugglers hub for human trafficing.
When visiting the ruins we found some life vests laying on the shore, we saw lots of empty bullets and we saw damages from gunfire and mortars. The stuff that had beeing going on there was imaginable to me though, as it felt more peaceful than anywhere, having absolutely no other tourists around, or locals for that sake.
Kalashnikov bullets laying around
It was even so peaceful that I decided to get in the water and go for a swim in my underwear. Luckily it was right after I got out of the water and not before that a security guard demanded us to leave the site. Apparently they had made some new rules where you needed a written note from a ministry, but as we had seen the whole site already we did not bother arguing and left the site.
Right after Bodø I came to the building and monument marking the artic circle. Here there was a post office where you could get both your passport and your post cards stamped, together with a souvenier shop.
On the way I also passed a unique place called “Marmorslottet” meaning the Marble Castle. It was a fairly easy hike and the view at the end was absolutely stunning. Through thousands of years the glacierwater had been shaping the marble rocks to the share they are today.
Once in Tromsø I was also lucky enough to see the Northern lights one night. On my freday I hiked up to Nattmålsfjellet on Kvaløya to get some fresh air before spending the next day driving 18 hours/1100kilometers from Tromsø to Trondheim in one day.
A quick shower on the way
Beautiful colors in Rondane National Park
I am currently traveling around Norway in a campervan to promote KILROY travels, stopping in the following cities:
Fredrikstad: 27. august
Skien: 28 august
Arendal: 28. august
Kristiansand: 29. august
Stavanger: 3. september
Haugesund: 4. september
Bergen: 5. september
Sogndal: 6. september
Volda: 7. september
Ålesund: 10. september
Kristiansund: 11. september
Trondheim: 12. september
Harstad: 18. september
Tromsø: 19. september
Steinkjer: 25. september
Lillehammer: 26. september
Oslo: 27. september
The presentations are about how YOU can start traveling the World with KILROY and some stories from my own travels. Fredrikstad Blad wrote an article about my first presentation on this page and there will be many more to come, so feel free to come meet me for a travel talk in the city near you. There will also be a travel quiz where you can win 2000kr gift card for travels, so be there or be square!
Klumpen viewpoint in Namsos
The Coastal Route (Kystriksveien, N17) from Steinkjer outside of Trondheim to Bodø in the North is said to be one of the most scenic drives in the World.
In Brønnøysund you can stop for a hike up to Torghatten- a quite unique tunnel located 250meters above sealevel in a granite mountain with good views of the sea.
From there you can take a ferry to Vega (which I did by mistake and had to wait until the next day to return) which is one of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Norway due to the many species of birds that live out on the smaller archipelago islands.
On Alsten Island you will also drive past “the Steven Sisters” mountain range which is seven mountain tops famous for hiking. It was no problem waiting a couple of hours at Forvik ferry terminal where I saw a double rainbow when walking through the cemetary, visited the open air museum and the neaeby peteoglyphs said to be 5000 years old.